Duo of Cinnamon Raisin Scones: Vegan & Vegetarian

I adore scones, I’ve only been making them for the past few years. After I learned the basic scones recipe, I went crazy with creativity. We all know the basic scones recipe don’t we?

2 cups flour
3/4 cup liquid (milk, cream, buttermilk, vegan milk etc)
up to 1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup cold fat (butter, shortening etc)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

 

My mother’s birthday was this past week and she hates cake. I know, who hates cake!? To be fair, she doesn’t hate the cake itself but how sweet they are. As she ages, my mother has adopted tons of healthy habits, starting with cutting out almost all dairy and refined sugar from her diet. I’ve always made whole wheat scones for my mother, but this birthday I took on the challenge of doing completely vegan, natural sugar, very low-fat, organic and whole wheat scones for my mother. The idea of scones with no butter really threw me for a loop, how will I get the beautiful tender crumbs and moist center without any fat? My mother also forbid me from using soy milk or almond milk as she feels she’s developing allergies towards almonds and soy milk is too sweet for her. Coconut milk has too high of a fat content and she took that away from the list also. I know, my mom is KILLING me with her list!

I’ve used apple sauce as a replacement for butter many times before with success, though I usually only replace half the fat contents with apple sauce. Doing away with fat completely and using only apple sauce was something new for me. I decided to go with Coconut Water for the liquid, although I would have preferred it’s thicker big brother coconut milk, again sticking to that list! Instead of regular flour, I opted for whole wheat flour, to add some much-needed flavor and spice, I chose cinnamon and of course raisins for that natural sweetness that would satisfy my mother’s sweet tooth. I did however cheat (no one tell her!!) and added 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar. I was nervous this vegan scone would suck, and it was my mother’s birthday so the pressure was on! Luckily it came out fantastic and she LOVED it! WHEW! The crumbs were tender, the scones were moist and the subtle hint of sweetness was just enough for my mom.

As I was setting up my camera to take a picture she came by and broke a piece off without realizing what she did. She told me not to worry, it makes it look more believable that I made a fantastic scone because she couldn’t keep her fingers off of them!

My mom is very cute at times.. there she is taking a few more bites…

Going….

GONE!

Healthy Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Scones:

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Organic No Sugar Added Apple Sauce
3/4 cup Vegan Milk (soy, coconut, almond or use coconut water like I did)
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp Sugar (palm, brown, white or coconut)
1 1/2 cup Raisins

METHOD:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. In a large bowl combine flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.

3. In a small bowl, combine apple sauce, milk and vanilla extract

4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mix gently. Mix in raisins and turn dough onto counter top, dough will be very crumbly and shaggy. Yes it was at this point that I realized I actually forgot the raisins, so I just added them at this point! I poured it onto parchment paper and used the sides of the parchment paper to bring the dough together. Did I mention not to over mix or over work the dough? DON’T DO IT!!! Little effort makes a tender dough.

5. Pat into a circle about 1 inch thick. Cut circle in half then each half into quarters for a total of 8 wedges.

6. Transfer wedges to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Optionally you can brush a bit of milk and add some sugar on top at this point, I couldn’t but you can!

7. Bake for 10-12 mins, place on wire rack to let cool

8. Bask in the glow of your mother’s appreciation that you followed all her dietary restrictions and that you’re a very good daughter. YAYY ME!!!!!

After making my mom a batch of her completely healthy scones, I decided to make a regular batch for myself and the rest of the family, my mom may live without butter, but I refuse to! I even took it a step further and added a cinnamon glaze, just to re-iterate that I can’t live without butter or glazes for that matter. My mother thinks I’m cheeky, I think she’s right!

Super Deeeelish Cinnamon Glazed Cinnamon Raisin Scones:

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups AP Flour
1/2 cup Butter, very cold cut into cubes
3/4 cup Whole Milk
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cup Raisins

Cinnamon Glaze
1 1/2 cup Powder Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
2 tbsp Whole Milk

METHOD:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, brown sugar, salt.

3. Using a pastry cutter, fork or finger tips, cut butter into dry ingredients. Mixture should resemble wet sand when done.

4. Add milk and vanilla extract, mix gently. Mix in raisins and turn dough onto counter top, dough will be very crumbly and shaggy. I poured it onto parchment paper and used the sides of the parchment paper to bring the dough together. Did I mention not to over mix or over work the dough? DON’T DO IT!!! Little effort makes a tender dough.

5. Pat into a circle about 1 inch thick. Cut circle in half then each half into quarters for a total of 8 wedges.

6. Transfer wedges to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 mins

7. Place on wire rack to cool

8. Mix together glaze. If you’d like a thicker glaze, use less milk or add more powder sugar. I went for a thin glaze personally. It seems in my old age, I don’t like overly sweet things either. We really do turn into our mothers at one point or another!

9. While scones are still warm, generously glaze

10. Or if you’re a drizzler, then drizzle your glaze on!

11. Allow to cool completely and glaze is set. Devour hungrily and kiss your mother with glazed lips because she’s your mom and she deserves lots of kisses!

Week 10 of 52… CHECK!!!

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3 thoughts on “Duo of Cinnamon Raisin Scones: Vegan & Vegetarian

  1. That vegan scone recipe looks amazing! I hate using margarine and vegan butter because that just does not seem natural to me haha so glad I have finally found a recipe to try!

    • Awesome Ani. Just remember, it’s a 1:1 ratio when replacing any amount of butter with apple sauce. Also, might I suggest adding more sugar than the amount I listed for the Vegan recipe and also to add the cinnamon glaze on top to send it over the moon!

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